Ragweed Remedy: Natural or Pharmaceutical?

Posted by Roger Baronat, August 23, 2011, 6:36 pm

Ragweed

 Ragweed season is upon us.

 How do I know? Did I read something about it? (Like what you’re doing now?)

 No.

 Did someone tell me about it?

 No.

 Did I just feel it in the wind?

 Well maybe. What it is is, I found out the hard way!

 I opened a window to get some fresh air and wound up sneezing my life away. One. Two. Three. Four. Five sneezes in a row. Wow! I needed this like I needed a hole in my head. Which is what I thought I now had because a super headache was starting to build over my right eye socket. Part of the ole sinus-passageways-getting-irritated thing.

 What did I do? Shut the window tight! Turned on the air filters! And then?

 Took some form of pharmaceutical antihistamine concoction? No way! Poisonous stuff!

 Instead, I reached for a peppermint tea bag. Pressed it up against my nostrils and breathed in deeply. Once. Twice. Three times. And again. Once. Twice. Three times. It actually worked. Within a few minutes, I could breathe normally again. No more sneezing. No more stuffiness. Headache easing off. Amazing stuff! Peppermint, that is.

 So now I carry a peppermint tea bag in my shirt pocket and repeat the procedure as needed throughout the day.

 Meanwhile, I wait for a nice rainshower or a thunderstorm or a hurricane with gail force winds to blow away the noxious pollen. At least, until ragweed season ends.

 

[ Photo: Courtesy of http://www.achooallergy.com/ragweed-season.asp ]

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